Baltimore Orioles win and see return of Jonathan Schoop


The Baltimore Orioles needed to win yesterday to salvage one game in Chicago. luckily for them, they got a big weapon back in the form of Jonathan Schoop. Thes. re’s always a question of what happens when a player returns from an injury rehab as long as Schoop’s – he last played on April 17th in Boston. Luckily for the Orioles and their fans, Schoop put them to rest fairly quickly in yesterday afternoon’s game.

Miguel Gonzalez battled through six tough innings to qualify for the win. Gonzalez’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Those are pretty decent numbers – a quality start, at that – however Gonzalez did have his struggles in this game. Chicago fouled a lot of pitches off, which made him work deep into counts. However he persevered throughout, and without any doubt put the Birds in a spot to win the game. 

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    The Orioles got on the board right away as Nolan Reimold reached on a fielding error, and advanced to second on a throwing error. He was then driven in on Adam Jones‘ RBI-double, and the O’s had an early 1-0 lead. Schoop came up for his first at-bat back in the majors with one out in the second inning. And as I said, he put the team and the fans at ease right away in terms of how his bat would play back in the lineup. His solo home run to left center was perhaps the biggest individual play of the game, and it gave the O’s a 2-0 lead.

    Caleb Joseph would add a two-RBI double in the top of the sixth to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead. However Chicago would counter in the last of the inning with an RBI-double by Melky Cabrera. But in the midst of this play, Cabrera made an unforced mistake that came to the immediate aid of Miguel Gonzalez. He tried to stretch that double into a triple, and was promptly thrown out by Chris Davis for the second out of the inning. That might have been Chicago’s best chance to get back into the game, but they ran themselves right out of the inning.

    The Orioles were playing well and had control of the game, but they effectively ended it in the top of the seventh. Chris Davis and Steve Pearce each tacked on RBI-singles. J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each reached on errors, the second of which would have been an inning-ending double-play. The inning didn’t end until after a Caleb Joseph RBI-groundout, and when the smoke cleared the Birds held an 8-1 lead. Chris Davis would tack on a sac fly-RBI in the eighth, and the game ended in a 9-1 Orioles’ victory.

    Obviously this was a great game for Jonathan Schoop, but it also gave us our first glimpse of the Orioles’ infield with Machado, Hardy, and Schoop together. There was a time when we didn’t know if that would happen at all this season. So in that sense things are really looking up for this team as they go into the all-star break and then the second half.

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    The O’s also continued the run production that was started at the end of Saturday’s game. Bear in mind that they almost went three full games without scoring a run, however they got on the board late on Saturday. Now the bats have broken out, and the Orioles certainly hope that they remain hot going into Minneapolis.

    The O’s will open up a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins tonight at Target Field, with Wei-Yin Chen on the mound for the Orioles. He’ll be opposed by Phil Hughes, and game time is set for just after 8 PM. The Orioles are expected to recall Ryan Flaherty and put Nolan Reimold on the three-day paternity list prior to game time. Reimold is expected to return on Thursday, at which point the O’s could decide to option a starting pitcher as opposed to sending Flaherty back down.

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